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devil's advocate:

see canonizationcanonization
, in the Roman Catholic Church, process by which a person is classified as a saint. It is now performed at Rome alone, although in the Middle Ages and earlier bishops elsewhere used to canonize.
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Devil's Advocate is open every day, except Mondays, from 11am to 11pm.
Komen for the Cure Foundation's recent news headlines illustratehow important it is thatevery organization incorporatesa devil's advocate in their decision making process.
The pair starred alongside each other in The Devil's Advocate in 1997 and Sweet November in 2001.
Thapar, who had won this award in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 as well, bagged it this year for his Devil's Advocate show on CNN- IBN.
The Art of Overeating: A Bellyful of Laughs About Our Food-Phobic Culture" seeks to lampoon the radical diets and responses against obesity, by playing humorous devil's advocate as Leslie Landis encourages readers that while health is a good thing, completely avoiding the food you love isn't healthy either.
The devil's advocate mission is to ensure that critical assumptions are made explicit and that key design decisions are examined from a fresh perspective.
The executive producer of blockbuster movies such as The Fugitive, Seven and Devil's Advocate, Stephen Brown, visited Bahrain to conclude a business tie-up.
I ACCEPT George Tyndale's weekly insolence and intolerance to many subjects in his role as devil's advocate, but last week he really went too far.
RB says: Fair comment, but playing devil's advocate for a moment if England win A the World Cup, McClaren would have a pretty good claim to the job.
WHILE Time Magazine chose Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono as its 2005 Persons of the Year, the cover of the Devil's Advocate certainly would bestow the honor on Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Beating the Devil's Advocate & Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization; Tom Kelley; Doubleday, New York, NY; 2005; 274 pp.
At the risk of playing devil's advocate the people targeted in this slap-dash survey may well have been out-of-towners, probably from London - where they charge pounds 3.